FaceTime bug lets iPhone users eavesdrop on persons they're calling

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In brief You might want to disable FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac until Apple patches this bonkers bug. A group FaceTime UI will then appear, and the caller would then be able to hear audio from the other side even though the recipient didn't pick up the call.

Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, speaks about group FaceTime during an announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. The issue affects any pair of iPhones running iOS 12.1 or later, but also calls made to Macs using Mojave.

After a video of the bug being exploited went viral on social media, Apple-focused news site 9to5Mac broke down the steps necessary to replicate it.

Ok, here's the thing. iOS 12.1 has a major bug with FaceTime.

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The bug can be reproduced by starting a FaceTime call, swiping up from the bottom and clicking "Add person" and adding your own phone number to the conversation. It's unclear how long Apple has been aware of the bug and if the company had plans to disclose it prior 9to5Mac posting about the flaw. Otherwise, people cannot only listen in on what you are doing, but in some cases also see what you are doing.

In order to deactivate FaceTime on your iOS device, navigate to "Settings, ' then tap on 'FaceTime" and select 'Off'.

On Monday Apple said the issue will be addressed in a software update "later this week".

In the meantime, any iPhone that's ringing with an incoming FaceTime request is potentially listening in to its surroundings and sending the data back to the caller.

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